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Portland power surge puts Shaw back on radar

May 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET – For Travis Shaw, the process of getting out of Double-A Portland began in earnest at last year’s Arizona Fall League.

“Last year was a fluke, that wasn’t me. I got so far away from my approach,” stated the 23-year-old Shaw prior to making his Triple-A debut with the PawSox Monday night.

The first baseman was referencing his 2013 numbers with the Sea Dogs, ones that consisted of a high strikeout total (117 whiffs in 444 at-bats), low batting average (.221 in 127 games) and a career low on-base percentage (.342).

Yankees confident former DALL standout Williams will turn around slow start for Double-A Trenton

May 23, 2014

Two high-ranking members of the New York Yankees’ minor-league branch believe that the offensive struggles that Mason Williams has endured for nearly two months are not cause for panic.

Williams, a 22-year-old who spent his formative years growing up in Pawtucket before moving to Winter Garden, Fla. following the completion of seventh grade at St. Teresa School, is in the midst of a deep slump. There’s no easy way to sugarcoat the .199 batting average and .295 on-base percentage he brought into Friday’s game for Double-A Trenton (he stood at .191 prior to Thursday’s two-hit performance).

PawSox pitching coach believes young starting pitchers will 'start in the big leagues' someday

May 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Rich Sauveur firmly believes that all five current members of the PawSox’ starting rotation possess the ability to hold down jobs at pro baseball’s highest level.

“Whether it’s with Boston or with somebody else, they’re going to start in the big leagues. I really feel that,” said Pawtucket’s pitching coach with a straight face. “I couldn’t tell you when or with who, but they will.”

PawSox fail to produce clutch hit in loss to 'Riders

May 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Springtime may have finally sprung in southern New England, but Pawtucket’s bats remain in a deep slumber.
The offensive doldrums that have plagued the locals for much of the season perhaps simmered to a boil during the eighth inning of Tuesday’s disheartening 3-0 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, winners of three games in this four-game set. With two runners on base and the potential tying run at the plate, the PawSox turned to their Nos. 4 and 5 hitters in the hope seeing a ball disappear over the McCoy Stadium fence.

Nelson's clutch eighth-inning hit helps Cumberland walk off with softball victory over rival Lincoln

May 20, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland and Lincoln have hooked up in some interesting late-season matchups over the years, and on Tuesday afternoon, they continued this tradition with an extra-inning barnburner at Tucker Field.
After watching Lincoln score an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning, Cumberland came back to snag a dramatic 8-7 victory in its half of the frame on a clutch two-out, two-run single to right field by ace pitcher Juliet Nelson.

McGair: Time for Nava, Bradley to swap Sox

May 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- Monday night marked the 21st game of Daniel Nava’s penance with the PawSox.

The gone-but-certainly-not-forgotten Red Sox outfielder/first baseman carried a .275 batting average, .370 on-base percentage and a .435 slugging mark out to his right-field post while looking to extend a nine-game hitting streak.

Pawtucket's Carney mixes family with mentoring prospects following NHL career

May 18, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The Keith Carney who was enshrined into Mount St. Charles’ Athletic Hall of Fame last Friday night was the picture of serenity – suggesting that after 17 years in the NHL, retirement agrees with him.

F.I.T. Challenge OCR (Outdoor Course Race) Training Center set to debut in Cumberland

May 16, 2014

CUMBERLAND --- For the past few years, the sand volleyball courts in the back of Fore Court Racquet & Fitness Club on Cray Street had been vacant and pretty much forgotten.

But when a club member approached Dave Morin, the president and general manager of Fore Court, about the possibility of transforming the big outdoor space into a training center for obstacle racing, the wheels went into motion.

R.I. Strikers FC hopes to add more Blackstone Valley soccer talent to club

May 14, 2014

Providing quality without paying quantity.

That’s the mindset of the R.I. Strikers FC premier youth soccer organization as it kicks off its second season of existence.

After fielding five teams last season, including an Under-13 boys’ squad that captured the R.I. State Cup, the Strikers are looking to expand to nine teams this summer and include young talent from across the Blackstone Valley.

And they’re doing so with the repeat promise of offering the lowest premier fees in southeastern New England.

Tolman baseball team wins McGee/Scanlon Trophy, survives 9-7 slugest with neighboring rival Shea

May 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In what now will be an absolute annual clash between the city's two public high schools, Tolman and Shea delivered a strange, sloppy affair inside the Pawtucket Red Sox' long-standing home on Tuesday afternoon.
All told, the two squads combined for 11 errors (with three batters reaching on strikeouts gone bad), six wild pitches, two passed balls and three hit batsmen.
The contest also saw the Tigers jump out to a 6-1 cushion, then watch aimlessly as the Raiders tied it at 6-6 with a quartet in the top of the fourth.

 

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